l to shield Burisma from scrutiny."Trump asked Zelensky in a phone call on July 25
to "look into" how Joe Biden "stopped the prosecution" of Burisma. In January 2018, Biden told an event at the Council on Forei
gn Relations how he▓ in 2016 pressured the Ukrainian authorities to fire Viktor Shokin, the cou▓ntry's former prosecutor general
who was leading the investigation into Burisma at the time.Kent also told the committee that he became aware of ▓efforts by Tr
ump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani a▓nd his associates to "run a campaign to smear" diplom▓ats at the U.S. embassy in Kiev, inc
luding former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch who ▓was ousted in May.
nch attack▓s on dedicated public servants advancing U.S. interests in Ukraine," Ken
t said, adding that "those attacks undermined U.S. and Ukrainian national interests and damaged our critical b
ilateral relationship."Taylor, the▓ top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified that in mid-July "it
was becoming clear" to him that a meeting with Trump at the White House that Zelensky wanted "
was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and all
eged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections."
He added that the condition "was driven by the irregular
policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani."Taylor told lawmakers in his opening statement that withholding security assistance to Ukraine "in exchange for help with a domestic political campa
ign in the United States would be crazy."He said he, on Sept. 1, was "alarmed" aft